Fifty-one representatives from the U.S. House have sent Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx a letter to “express [their] continued deep concern” about the hours-of-service rule that went into effect July 1, pointing to the 34-hour restart provision within the rule as restrictive and not studied sufficiently.
The letter asks that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provide Congress with the date it plans to finish the hours-of-service study required by the current highway funding law. The law, MAP-21, required FMCSA to finish a field study by March 31, 2013.
The study still has not been completed and submitted to Congress, but the new hours-of-service rule was enacted anyway, which is “counter to commonsense” the letter says.
“The commercial trucking industry is a pillar of the U.S. economy and small, medium and large businesses across American depend on the on-time, cost-efficient and safe transport of finished products and raw materials each day,” the representatives write. “It is imperative that the rules governing the commercial trucking industry be backed by factual, statistically-valid and data-driven studies that are fully completed and analyzed before proposed rules come into effect.”
The letter was sent Aug. 29 and asks for a response from Foxx by Sept. 12.
A court ruled to uphold the restart provisions of the new rule early last month after the American Trucking Associations had sued FMCSA and asked that the previous rule remain.